MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fifty students at St. Olaf College in Northfield are now in quarantine and 17 are suspended for the fall after they went to an off-campus party and were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

College President David Anderson made the announcement in an email to students Thursday afternoon.

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“This is the kind of reckless behavior that will put an end to our in-person semester, and it must stop,” Anderson said.

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He also says eight students have tested positive as of Thursday morning, but they are connected to the party.

The college has introduced a COVID-19 alert level system to keep students aware of how widespread it is in Northfield and the campus community.

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